The tool, dubbed LUA Buglight, is designed to identify bugs related to the new Least User Access, or LUA, feature in Windows Vista, a Microsoft representative said in a statement. Vista is the.
LUA lets Vista users, as opposed to the administrator mode that Windows XP typically runs in. The change is meant to improve the security of Windows. For example, a malicious program that makes its way onto a PC running in standard-user mode as on a PC running in administrator mode.
"LUA Buglight is a new tool being developed by Microsoft Consulting Services that is designed to quickly identify the specific causes of LUA bugs in applications," the Microsoft representative said in an e-mailed statement. "With this information, the bugs can be fixed or worked around, enabling users not to have to run with full admin privileges."
The tool is primarily meant for IT professionals who need to fix bugs in corporate or third-party applications, the Microsoft representative said. However, it can also be used by developers to hunt for LUA bugs in their own applications, the representative said.
LUA Buglight isn't yet available, and Microsoft didn't say when it plans to release the tool.